House hearing live stream on Obama administration’s abuse of Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience

Congressman Darrell Issa

Congressman Darrell Issa

Today at 9:30 Eastern time, the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform will hold hearing on the subject “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” This committee is headed by California Republican Darrell Issa. The hearing witnesses will be comprised of:

Panel I
The Most Reverend William E. Lori
Roman Catholic Bishop of Bridgeport, CT
Chairman Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Reverend Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D.
Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy
Union University

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Professor C. Ben Mitchell, Union University, Jackson, TN

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik
Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought
Yeshiva University
Associate Rabbi
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun

Craig Mitchell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Ethics
Chair of the Ethics Department
Associate Director of the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Panel II
John H. Garvey
The Catholic University of America

Dr. William K. Thierfelder
Belmont Abbey College

Dr. Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver
East Texas Baptist University

Dr. Allison Dabbs Garrett
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Oklahoma Christian University

Laura Champion, M.D.
Medical Director
Calvin College Health Services

Barry W. Lynn, Esq.
Executive Director
Americans United for Separation of Church and State

I encourage you to watch the live feed from the committee website. Information, including the live stream link, can be found here.

Marty Duren

Just a guy writing some things.

  • Beth L.

    Are these guys not happy with the new terms that the Obama administration laid out? From what I can tell, the burden is now entirely on the insurance companies to provide contraception to employees of churches or other religious organizations. I’m no fan of the government telling insurance companies or churches what they must do, but it seems to me that, in light of the new terms, this hardly merits all the hand-wringing that’s been going on.

    • Marty Duren

      From what I can gather there are still questions regarding those who self-insure which includes a significant number of religious organizations (Guidestone is one example).

      One thing the hearings demonstrated is the Catholic Church makes a distinction between birth control pills used for contraception and use for fibroids, etc. The argument that had been advanced along that line is bogus. Catholic theology is nuanced in that area and their employees would not be affected.